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Silverware bird assemblages by Matt Wilson

Craftsman Matt Wilson creates bird assemblages from discarded silverware.

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Kilian Schönberger’s “Earth Pyramids” of the Alps

South Tyrol wasn’t on my list of naturalist “must visit” places, but it is now thanks to some otherworldly imagery from Kilian Schönberger.Kilian is already well-known for his outstanding European … Continue Reading Kilian Schönberger’s “Earth Pyramids” of the Alps

PopNature: Hand-cut paper sculptures of endangered species

Paper artist Patrick Cabral, who is based in Manila, has created a gorgeous series of intricate paper sculptures of endangered species and is donating half of any sales revenue to … Continue Reading PopNature: Hand-cut paper sculptures of endangered species

Toxorhynchites: the mosquitoes that hunt other mosquitoes

Mosquitoes enjoy a cosmopolitan distribution and equally cosmopolitan infamy. They are a core element of both terrestrial and aquatic food chains, serving as prey for a variety of animals, but … Continue Reading Toxorhynchites: the mosquitoes that hunt other mosquitoes

The natural history of wooden utility poles.

This post is part of a series entitled ‘Nature and Society’ which touches upon the relationships between mankind and the surrounding natural world. This post deals with the consumption of nature, specifically … Continue Reading The natural history of wooden utility poles.

The remarkable non-stick lungs of elephant seals

If you ever have the opportunity to see an elephant seal sneeze, you’ll probably notice something a little unusual. Around their nostrils is a bright white discharge. It’s so white, … Continue Reading The remarkable non-stick lungs of elephant seals

The best peregrine falcon nest live streams of 2017

April marks the beginning of “falcon cam season” and conservation groups, energy companies, libraries, etc. have fired up their windows into the wonderful world of one of the planet’s most popular predators.The … Continue Reading The best peregrine falcon nest live streams of 2017

PopNature: Animal portraits on dirty cars by Nikita Golubev

In a refreshing departure from the typical “wash me” or stick figure banality often seen on filthy parked cars, Moscow-based illustrator Nikita Golubev has started a series called “dirty car art” … Continue Reading PopNature: Animal portraits on dirty cars by Nikita Golubev

Invertebrate of the Week #20 – Motyxia millipedes (Motyxia sequoia)

Meet the conspicuous glowing millipedes of Sequoia National Park; the brightest of all the Motyxia species. They glow, they make hydrogen cyanide, they star as the main antagonist in the … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #20 – Motyxia millipedes (Motyxia sequoia)

Intense UV bursts from overhead power lines may be preventing reindeer from moving around their habitat

Many animals, large and small, are known to avoid overhead power lines in remote regions. It’s not just that they avoid climbing on them or running along the conduit; it’s … Continue Reading Intense UV bursts from overhead power lines may be preventing reindeer from moving around their habitat

Bioluminescent fungi glow to take advantage of insects looking for love

When it comes to ‘catfishing‘, the bioluminescent fungi of the Agaricales order have the process down to a science.Each night, they emit a steady green light out into the darkness in … Continue Reading Bioluminescent fungi glow to take advantage of insects looking for love

PopNature: Charming animal-inspired multi tools by Kikkerland Design

According to their website, Kikkerland Design is a place “where creativity runs rampant and even the most utilitarian gadget becomes a delightful discovery.”That certainly seems to be the case. Spend … Continue Reading PopNature: Charming animal-inspired multi tools by Kikkerland Design

Some plants are still making fleshy fruit to attract extinct megafauna

Plants generally lack the ability to move to new locations and that presents some challenges when it comes to reproduction.Not only do they need to find ways of exchanging their gametes, … Continue Reading Some plants are still making fleshy fruit to attract extinct megafauna

First-ever visual record of one of the many B-29 Superfortress wrecks in the Saipan Channel

In July of 2016, the NOAA Okeanos Explorer made a fantastic oceanographic and anthropological find. It managed to locate the wreck of one of the many B-29 Superfortress bombers that … Continue Reading First-ever visual record of one of the many B-29 Superfortress wrecks in the Saipan Channel

Jennifer Bolande ransoms the desert landscape from advertisers through ‘Visible Distance / Second Sight’ billboard installations

The Mojave Desert in California is awesome to behold. Literally awe-inspiring.Granite mountains stand watch above vast seas of desert scrub dotted with Joshua trees. Swathes of seasonal wildflowers create intoxicating waves of color. Stoic sand dunes and … Continue Reading Jennifer Bolande ransoms the desert landscape from advertisers through ‘Visible Distance / Second Sight’ billboard installations

PopNature: Succulent-inspired cakes by Iven Kawi

According to her website, Iven Kawi got her start as an “artisan home baker” when she made a batch of cookies for her daughter’s school in 2013.Since then, she’s been … Continue Reading PopNature: Succulent-inspired cakes by Iven Kawi

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